A missing 3-year-old North Carolina girl is believed to be dead and her mother's live-in boyfriend faces charges in connection with her disappearance, authorities said.
Earl Kimrey, 32, believed to be the boyfriend of the child's mother, was apprehended Friday, the Onslow County Sheriff's Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation announced early Saturday.
Woods was reported missing Monday morning.
The agency is transitioning from search operations to recovery operations, officials said. He is being held at the Onslow County Detention Center under a $1,010,000 bond.
Kimrey lived with Mariah and her mother in Jacksonville.
It has been five days since the little girl vanished from her home in the dead of night.
Kimrey removed the girl's body from the place where she died and knew her death was not natural, according to arrest warrants. Deputies say her body has not been found.
A statement issued by the Sheriff's Office says the child, Mariah Woods, is believed to be dead. "Some people may not have been home when we tried to talk to them, we will continue to contact everyone to determine if they have any information that can help us find Mariah".
Mariah was last seen Sunday night when her mother, Kristy Woods, put the girl to bed, according to the sheriff's office.
Since then, professional investigators and volunteers have fanned out across the woods near her home, neighbors have been asked to search their property and a dive team has searched a portion of Southwest Creek under U.S. Highway 17.
In a tearful television appearance on Tuesday, she said: 'Please, bring her back. Additional charges are pending. "Someone just walked right up in there, grabbed the 3-year-old out of the bed and she didn't cry, she didn't scream?" The FBI also joined the search for Mariah.